Synth Britannia - 1:30h video

Depeche Mode, OMD, Pet Shop Boys - Synth Pop generation documentary Watch

15 interesting synths

Virtual synths that somehow went under the radar Read article

NI Kontakt instruments

Free and affordable NI Kontakt libraries Read more

Sylenth EDM Soundset

165 modern presets, created by me, for Lennar Digital Sylenth synth. Visit

400 Modern presets for V-Station

Tons of presets that will bring a new life to the Novation V-Station synth Visit

Cakewalk Z3ta+ 2 presets

155 Synth / lead and bass presets inspired by many modern electronica genres. Visit

Free Organ synths / samples

Best, free organ synths / multisamples Read more

Soft Synths released in 2011

Interesting soft synths released in 2011 Read more

Free String Machine vsts

Freeware String Machine plugins Read more

Armin Van Buuren - in the studio Article

Armin Van Buuren - everyone interested in EDM knows this guy for sure ;) - the third consecutive year world best DJ in the world by DJmag.com. Sound on Sound asked Armin to talk them through the production of a top-notch trance anthem and the result is a very nice, informative article about music production, about Armin. Some examples below:

One of my biggest tips would be to restrict your gear choice, because there’s so much out there; restriction is good! If I really look at the essential stuff that we use, it’s all about ES1, ES2 and EXS24, and that’s it!
Trance used to be very much about the sound of Roland’s JP8080 — the very clean Super Saw, a little detune, a little delay, that was it. Right now it’s all about distortion and the harmonics you create when you distort something. We use Logic’s Guitar Amp a lot for that, even on bass lines.
I get sent lots of promos, and now all these kids are using multi-band compression to get their music to sound like my radio show. But that goes through a broadcast compressor, and if you heard it that way in a club you’d walk out of the club a half hour later screaming because there’s no dynamics in there. It’s really important to have some dynamics left.

So we don’t really use compression in that way. If we use a compressor we use it for sound design rather than for the overall mix. ... We do a lot of side-chaining.
If we’re making a track or a remix, we listen to the current sound a lot. You have to go on iTunes and listen to a lot of other records. That’s really, really essential. ... DJs won’t play your record if it doesn’t sound enough like the other records, because they’re building a set and they’ve got to rock the crowd. So no matter how many hours of production you put into it, if it doesn’t sound a little like the previous record or the record after it, then it’s not going to fit, and they’re not going to play it because it’ll make their set sound really weird. So doing research is extremely important.”

Article: Sound on Sound - Armin Van Buuren


Post a Comment